Usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis of acute myocarditis in infants and children, and comparison with endomyocardial biopsy

M. Giulia Gagliardi, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Paolo Di Renzi, Sergio Picardo, Roberto Passariello, Carlo Marcelletti

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Abstract

The diagnosis of acute myocarditis has traditionally been based on the results of endomyocardial biopsy.1 This invasive procedure, particularly in children, may present major complications and is performed only at a limited number of centers. Recent studies have demonstrated the reliability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in tissue characterization of cardiac allograft rejection2-4 that is histologically identical to acute myocarditis.5 The aim of this study was to test the sensitivity and specificity of MRI versus endomyocardial biopsy in the diagnosis of acute myocarditis in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1089-1091
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume68
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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